Profession quarry engineer

Quarry engineers analyse which extraction methods such as excavating, drilling and blasting are most suited to extract raw materials from the ground. They develop plans before a new quarry is opened, assessing if the quarry is profitable. Quarry engineers manage the everyday operations in a quarry, create and maintain progress reports, oversee the staff, ensure health and safety and assess the environmental impact a quarry has on its environment.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Impact of geological factors on mining operations

    Be aware of the impact of geological factors, such as faults and rock movements, on mining operations.

  • Mining engineering

    Fields of engineering relevant to mining operations. Principles, techniques, procedures and equipment used in the extraction of minerals.

  • Mine safety legislation

    The laws, regulations and codes of practice relevant to safety in mining operations.

  • Mechanical engineering

    Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

  • Geology

    Solid earth, rock types, structures and the processes by which they are altered.

Skills

  • Advise on mine production

    Provide advice on the preparation of schedules and reports on mine production, facilities, systems and production processes and production rates to assess operational effectiveness.

  • Procure mechanical machinery

    Procure adequate machinery. Research the market to find the best machinery, staying within budget limits, and negotiate the purchase. Maintain records.

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

  • Carry out geological explorations

    Perform exploration activities for mines and fields with the aim of analysing the properties of the area and finding ores.

  • Advise on mine development

    Provide advice on the development and construction of mines, facilities, systems and production rates to assess operational effectiveness.

  • Write technical reports

    Compose technical customer reports understandable for people without technical background.

  • Advise on geology for mineral extraction

    Provide advice of the impact of geological factors on the development of mineral production. Take into account factors such as cost, safety, and characteristics of deposits.

  • Maintain records of mining operations

    Maintain records of mine production and development performance, including performance of machinery.

  • Prepare technical reports

    Prepare technical reports that describe results and processes of scientific or technical research, or assess its progress. These reports help researchers to keep up to date with recent findings.

Optional knowledge and skills

monitor mine production monitor mine costs address problems critically design drawings use a computer mechanical mine machinery manuals present reports assess operating cost geological mapping troubleshoot mathematics maintain mine machinery manage emergency procedures electricity install mining machinery engineering processes